hamsterley forest mountain bikBlue Watch Annual ReportAnnual Report Registered Charity Number Blue Watch Youth Centre Burdon Lane Ryhope Sunderland SR HR Tel Fax Email[emailprotected]Aims and Objectives • To provide an appropriate and accessible youth building with a caring and supportive environment that provides a range of erse services and activities for all young people in the area. • To ensure that the opportunities offered by the project continue to meet the needs of and are accessible to all young people. • To expand existing provision by developing a programme of creative and ersionary activities that will engage young people during evenings, weekends and school holidays. • To involve other appropriate agencies in the development of the youth work programme that will ensure the provision for young people is structured and coordinated. • To eslish and deliver a range of accredited and nonaccredited training and personal development opportunities and programmes for young people and volunteers. • To support and deliver the aims and objectives of Every Child Matters, ensuring that it is an integral part of the centre that encourages young people to embrace the five outcomes of Being Healthy, Staying Safe, Enjoying and Achieving, Making a Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Well Being. • To promote the benefits of personal safety, healthy living, fitness and exercise in addition to raising awareness of the environment by utilising Sunderland Young Peoples Bike Project as a tool for participation and learning. • To encourage young people to become involved in the planning and delivery of services by developing a young persons committee and providing appropriate training and support. • To support young people who are not in education, training or employment by developing opportunities that will address their lack of confidence, low selfesteem and provide key skills. Mission Statement Blue Watch Youth Centre aims to address the needs of young people in Ryhope and surrounding areas through the provision of a broad range of educational and leisure based opportunities that are affordable to all young people aged between and years of age. The organisation will seek to enhance opportunities for all young people to fulfil their potential as iniduals and members of the community. Chair report With the completion of another years work it gives me great pleasure to present this years annual report for Blue Watch Youth Centre. The centre continues to improve and expand its activities, thus ensuring greater choice and opportunity for its young members. There is a commitment by the staff and volunteers of Blue Watch to develop programmes which enable young people to fulfil their potential. In addition to numerous leisure pursuits the young members have participated in projects and gained awards and accreditations such as Duke of Edinburghs Award First Aid, NNAS, Safe Cycling Assessment, Keyfund Mayors Award and First Aid. I would also like to thank the management committee for their continued support and commitment. I would finally like to thank Tony Semley the project manager for his advice and guidance on management issues. Bob Little BA Hons Cert. Ed. Chair Cycling Activities Sunderland Young peoples Bike Project has been located at Blue Watch Youth Centre for three years. The project has supported young people with their participation in the Mayors and Duke of Edinburghs Awards, Key Fund, NUCO First Aid Training and Safe Cycle Assessments. The project has recently started running of the National Navigation Awards which are proving very popular. In August a group of young people took part in the Great North Bike Ride a challenging bike ride covering a distance of miles. In September a group of pupils from the NEET Group astt tto C oas astt Bi Bik ke R ke Rid ide id e. Th T he he Not in Education, Employment or Training undertook the Coast Coast Bike Ride. The young people accompanied by staff from Blue Watch and cycle leaders from the project rode miles over three days tackling steep hills and terrain including Whinlatter and Hartside Pass as well as the inmous Crawleyside Bank. The group demonstrated great enthusiasm, commitment and determination supporting each other through difficult periods of the ride. The expressions of delight and achievement were evident on all of the young peoples ces who expressed that this was their greatest personal achievement. The project has supported young people with their participation in the Mayors and Duke of Edinburghs Awards, Key Fund, NUCO First Aid Training and Safe Cycle Assessments. The project has recently commenced the running of the National Navigation Awards which are proving very popular. From April to March , young people have accessed the project and of those have participated or more times. young people have gained nationally accredited awards and have gained recorded outcomes. The project has recently developed its own demanding and rewarding activity The Tan Hill Challenge. Participants are supported to tackle an uphill cycle ride miles in length with gradients in some parts in excess of . Young people with varying degrees of fitness and cycling ability have completed this bike ride with some undertaking it to raise money for charities and appeals. This year young people have received certificates for completing the challenge. Project Managers Report This year has been particularly challenging, but yet rewarding for both staff and young people accessing Blue Watch Youth Centre. The activities programme is filled to capacity, providing a range of exciting and erse activities to engage a number of young people with a range of needs and capabilities. We continue to work in partnership with various organisations and are constantly looking for new opportunities in order to broaden the provision we are currently delivering. In the forth coming year we are hoping to expand the building to accommodate the growing number of young people accessing the youth provision we provide. The success of the project lies entirely with the hard work and commitment of our dedicated staff, who have worked extremely hard over the past year in order to ensure the smooth running and delivery of a very busy activities programme. I would like to thank the staff for their dedication to the project, the Management Committee for their help and support and to the young people of Blue Watch. T. Semley Acknowledgements On behalf of all young people whom we serve, Blue Watch Youth Project is indebted to the following funding organisations and partner agencies for their valuable support. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Abbey Bank Army Cadets BBC Children in Need Cheadle Centre Childrens Foundation Community Chest Community Police Connexions Extended Schools Farringdon Community Sports College Farringdon Primary School Gentoo Keyfund Federation RAAD Robert Muckle Fund Ryhope Development Trust Cllr Ross Wares and Paula Hunt • • • • • • • • • • • • • Ryhope Junior School SIB Strategic Initiatives Budget St Patricks RC Voluntary Aided Primary School St Pauls CE Controlled Primary School Sunderland North Community Business Centre Sunderland Voluntary Sector Youth Forum SYSYF Colleagues Steve Barna and Amanda Gerry The Venerable Bede C of E Voluntary Aided Secondary School Youth Development Group Kath Butchert, Billy Hall, Bob Hoy, Andy Neal and colleagues Youth Information Shop To all out partners and funding agencies too many to name Our management Committee for their commitment and support Our young people without whom this project would not be such a success. A big thank you to our staff and volunteers who have supported the project throughout the year. Staff Team Tony Semley Project Manager Steven Rylance Development Worker Sharon Godfrey Senior Youth Worker Denis Crompton Senior Youth Worker Peter Clark Senior Youth Worker Joyce McCallum Senior Youth Worker Dave Mellor Senior Youth Worker Anna Horn Substance Misuse Worker Liam Semley Youth Worker Jim Winn Youth Worker Valerie Bivens Youth Worker Ann Ayre Youth Worker Joanne Ayre Youth Worker Brian Davison Youth Worker Joanne Laverick Youth Worker Sharon Semley Administration Assistant Susan Ferguson Youth Worker/ Administration Assistant Chris Carr Youth Work Assistant Lynda Winn Youth Work Assistant Hannah Fox Youth Work Assistant Patricia Blackett Cleaner Management Committee Members Chair Vice Chair Secretary Treasurer Robert Little Dave Bagley Margaret Laing Sister Alphonsus Members Agency Reps Peter Gibson Ann Donkin Cllr Ellen Ball Paula Hunt Derek Wright Tracey McCourt Phil Cosford Billy Hall Blue Teen Riders Durham Army Cadet Force Ryhope R Ryhope Detachment is open on Wednesday and Friday evenings between pm and pm. b T The Army Cadet Force is a vibrant, credible youth organisation in w which cadets take part in military training, adventurous training and c competitive sports. The Army Cadets offer much more than the k key military skills in drill, turnout, map work, field craft, camp craft, w weapon training. They also offer BTEC in Public Services equal to u up to GCSEs, Duke of Edinburgh Award at all three levels, BTEC iin performing arts, civilian shooting qualifications and St John A Ambulance first aid qualifications. A Activities this year have included a trip to Hamsterley Forest where tthe Cadets had a day of orienteering and were presented with ssimulation casualties which they had to deal with on their route. O Other activities will include Shooting, first aid, Map, compass and fieldcraft training at Catterick, expedition training, shooting for yyoung guns and pre camp administration. Centre Based and Out of Centre Activities Blue Watch in partnership with Sunderland Young Peoples Bike Project deliver Centre Based and Out of Centre Activities. Activity Programmes include • • • • • • • • • • • • • Mountain Biking Duke of Edinburgh Award Mayors Awards Safe Cycle Assessment and Cycle Maintenance NNAS National Navigation Award Scheme Sea Fishing Day and Night Course Fishing Hill Walking and Orienteering Indoor Climbing First Aid Residential Experiences Camping Water Sports RYA Powerboat, Kayaking, Canoeing and Bell Boating • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Football Indoor and Outdoor Ten Pin Bowling Swimming Golf Driving Range Go Karting ITC Games Keyfund MC DJ Music Arts and Crafts Dancing Street Cheer Cooking Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Agency Visits Reys Targets Target Actual Contact Participation Accreditations Duke of Edinburghs Award Bronze Sectional Award in Skills, Service, Physical and Expedition First Aid Certificate NNAS National Navigation Award Scheme BCU Paddle Power Start Award Safe Cycling Assessment St Johns Ambulance Award Mayors Award Keyfund Recorded Outcomes Accredited Outcomes Volunteers Margaret Laing Peter Gibson Alan Maughan Jim Cassidy Geraldine Hodgson Denise Thow Suzanne Henderson Andrew Hope Danielle Plunkett Susan Day Abbie McQuade Craig Royal Carl Wilson Peer Educators Kieron Farrer Jordan Henshaw Blue Teen Special Needs Group has their own cycling group called Blue Teen Riders. Supported by Sunderland Young Peoples Bike Project, Blue Teen Riders has developed participation through involving young people, milies and friends from across the City of Sunderland. Through their involvement and participation in the project, young people have taken part in challenging and adventurous cycle rides visiting locations throughout Sunderland as well as visiting cycle locations in Durham. The young people have benefited from personal growth through physical activity and positive participation they have developed their knowledge and awareness of road safety as well as enjoying a healthier life. They have gained confidence and self esteem. Blue Teens Riders have their own specialist cycling cling equipment including two Pino cycles an and da tricycle. Young people from the project have participated in cycling activities at Hamsterley Forest, Chopwell Woods, Herrington Park, and Moor House Residential Centre. Benefiting from owning its own cycles and tricycle, Blue Teen Riders have enjoyed real independence. They have been able to visit different cycle tracks, travel to new areas and take their project to the community. A big achievement in July was the completion of the Consett to Sunderland Cycle Ride covering a distance of approximately miles. Their confidence in their ability has enabled them to plan an even more adventurous cycle ride, the Coast to Coast, a mile cycle ride from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Roker in Sunderland which they are planning for Summer . Blue Teens Youth Group B Blue Teens Youth Club encourages yyoung people to work towards an independent life. Blue Teens in provides a caring, resourced and safe p environment e for young people to make decisions, d voice their opinions and find practical p r solutions to problems and to work w o as part of a team. T h project provides centrebased The ac activities such as karaoke, music, scrap bo booking, dancing, pool, group activities, the theme nights, cooking, healthy life, art and crafts, games room and use of arts the cyber caf. the Blue Blu Teens regularly includes out of centre cen activities in their programme that have promoted social and personal development. de This has included cycling, bowling, visits to the climbing cl wall, swimming, seaside walks and horse riding. Y Young people have also visited the MAC centre where they e enjoyed bell boating, and have participated in various outdoor a activities at Moor House in Durham and Whithaugh Park in the S Scottish Borders. Blue Watch Senior Mixed Aiming High In k keeping with Every Child Matters agenda the project engages young age people with special needs in healthy peo physical activities, addressing the ph social isolation that is experienced so by some young people particularly at times of the week when they are not at school, employment or at no educational centres. Young people ed have enjoyed the fun and sense ha of achievement of participating in o activities such as cycling, walking, a orienteering, indoor climbing and o vvisits to residential eslishments. Senior Mixed meet on a Thursday evening from … Two male members of the group have been passing their skills on to the junior group as peer educators, the young people have been shown the basics as well as the art of MCing and DJing and using the decks safely. The two male members have been awarded the service section of the Duke of Edinburghs award. T music project is so popular that other Th The pr projects frequently visit to share their M Mcing and DJing skills giving the young pe people the opportunity to integrate with young people from different areas of the City. yo Tw groups from Senior Mixed have been on visits to Two w watch Open Clasp Theatre performing their hilarious pl plays Stand and Tan and a Twist of Lemon. The plays are r issue based and cover topics such as racism, are imm immigration, domestic violence and ual orientation. The young people really enjoyed the performances and The ca wait for the next visit. cant Young Peoples comments t th The show was really good it was good how actors did al the parts. It was really funny the dancing was a laugh, but it did make me think about certain things I say and do. Young people are involved in issue based workshops covering topics such as drugs, alcohol and healthy lifes. The Senior Mixed group has been running in Ryhope for a number of years. Two of our past members have returned as volunteers and gone on to do the introduction to youth work giving them the opportunity to move on and do their NVQ level in youth work. St. Patricks Youth Group St. Patricks Youth Group meets in the Blue Watch Centre, Ryhope every Tuesday evening between .pm and .pm. The group continues to be very popular with a waiting list of new young people eager to join currently there are approximately thirty two young people attending weekly. This T Th year two new adult ad volunteers have ha joined the session se as well as as several young leaders. le Throughout Th the last la year the group g have expanded the range of activities that the members participate in, this is partly due to extra financial support and the use of the Blue Watch mini bus. To date the group have participated in the following activities • Visit to the Stadium of Light • Bowling • Barbecues • Quiz Nights • Drama • Football • Theme Nights • Arts and Crafts • Lazer Quaser Winchester House Young people from Winchester House have participated in the Duke of Edinburghs Award. The award aims to provide an enjoyable challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for people aged . The programme is recognised both nationally and internationally and is highly regarded by employers because it demonstrates willingness to take up a challenge to persevere and achieve across a broad range of activities. The Award is well recognised within the education sector for providing a programme of activities geared towards developing the young person. It can be used not only as a valuable tool in demonstrating the provision of extra curricular learning but can also be used for the schools implementation of valuable skills. G☺IT Cheadle Centre NEET The programme aims to support young people between the ages of to who are not in education employment or training NEET. In building effective and appropriate partnerships the NEET programme intends to support its clients who live in the East area of Sunderland. A structured programme runs three times per week aiming to empower young people and build self esteem for positive personal progression. Pre NEET Blue Watch have built effective partnerships with two secondary schools in the East area of the city St Aidans and the Venerable Bede Church of England Aided Secondary School. Blue Watch are working with young people to encourage participation and promote interest and enthusiasm toward reengaging them with the national curriculum. Sessions are delivered in the centre during the school time le. Structured sessions are helping young people through the Princes Trust xl award programme allowing them to achieve a meaningful vocational qualification. Weekend Holiday Provision In partnership with the Youth Development Group Blue Watch has developed various weekend and holiday activities providing young people with the opportunity to gain full access to the centre and a safe and appropriate environment for young people to meet and engage in meaningful and positive activities. Young people are taking part Y iin vocational awards such as tthe Duke of Edinburghs Award, tthe Sunderland Mayors Award and Keyfund. These structured a programmes of activities p provide young people with the p opportunity to access the centre o weeks of the year. Sunday Activities S T Sunday bike activity has now The allo allowed the opportunity for other yo young people outside Ryhope to gain access. This has seen pr project and services like Saint M Marks Youth and Community C Centre, Young Asian Voices a and Raich Carter Centre taking u up planned activities. Added to these projects and the p participation of their young p people a growing number o of young people in and around the Ryhope area are becoming regular attendees. The aim of the partnership between Cheadle Centre and Blue Watch is to provide an alternative curriculum to young people who are selfexcluded, at risk or under achieving. An informal and relaxed atmosphere has been created especially for group members who have confidence, attention or concentration issues to work as a group. The young people have improved their personal and social development and gained confidence by learning new skills and participating in a variety of out of centre activities such as quad biking, cycling, fishing, golf, snooker, archery, climbing wall and bowling. Young people have gained a First Aid Certificate and Safe Cycle Assessment. Estate Management In Association with Gentoo The Estate management programme is a new project in association with Blue Watch Youth Centre with funding from Gentoo. The programme was originally for a period of weeks and during this time Youth Workers have worked with various groups of young people ranging from to years of age who live in the Ryhope area. The aim of the project is for the young people to identify graffiti, rubbish, vandalism, fly tipping, repair issues, council issues and grounds maintenance issues in Ryhope and report them to Gentoo. Blue Watch Junior Group Blue Watch Junior Club has now been running successfully for two years. Young people have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, projects and outings, allowing them to enjoy and achieve, make new friends and try something new. With the recent addition of Benedict Biscop Primary School, St Patricks, St Pauls and Ryhope Juniors now make up the club. The club aims to encourage young people to integrate prior to their transition to secondary school. Around thirty young people regularly attend on a Friday afternoon between .pm to .pm. Over the last couple of months some of the young people have been on visits of interest around the city to complete their young explorers passport. Young people continue to benefit from peer education in the music room and have really enjoyed the experience. Young people have enjoyed a variety of activities including a Cooking, card , T C sshirt h and poster designs, Mcing Djing skills / peer M education, Wii and computer e d games bike rides, skipping ga games, football and issue ga based workshops including ba bullying, risky lifes and bu being streetwise. be Farringdon F i d Primary School Partnership B Blue lue Watch Youth Centre is now into its second year of partnership work with F Farringdon arr Primary school delivering a Monday night youth session. The group h have av come up with their own name the Monday Monkeys. T he Young People have had the opportunity to access a variety of activities, The ssuch uc as Arts Crafts, cooking, karaoke, film nights, dancing, music, football, iissue ss based sessions, le tennis and pool competitions, to name but a few. T The h Junior Groups members are involved in the programme planning and e v evaluations. Young Peoples comments I think the Monday Monkeys is great. The staff are all friendly and try and help us do what we want. While I have been coming Ive watched films, played football and designed a badge for the club. Shannon Hutchinson The young people have been involved in Community projects i.e. litter picks and painting over graffiti. The overall aim of the project is to make Ryhope a better place to live. The young people have been really enthusiastic about the project and have found it very enlightening they have even reported issues to workers that they have seen during the course of their normal week in the hope that something can be done about them. The The pr project ojec oj jectt wi will ill c continue onti on tinu ti nue e to to p provide rovi vid ide de opportunities for participation to its members. There is an excellent relationship in place for Blue Watch Youth Centre both with the school and more importantly the young people. I like coming to the club because we have been given trips like the bike rides. This is fun because it happens outside of school time. Molly Britton While Ive been coming to the youthie Ive started to get involved with working on the tuck shop, handling money and giving out the tuck. What I also like is being allowed to cook with Ann and Joanne Georgia Cobb Detached Youth Work Young Parents Group Young Parents Group was set up in January to provide a dropin support group for young parents and parents to be. The group is cilitated by youth workers and runs on Mondays between . and .. Since the commencement of the Detached Youth Work Project in January , the detached workers have continued to make new contacts with groups of young people and develop relationships with current known groups. This method of working has proved to be beneficial in that it enables the workers to initiate, maintain and develop relationships with young people in a variety of settings where young people choose to be and possibly not accessing existing youth provision. The detached approached has also enabled the workers to intervene with young people and challenge them on a number of issues, cilitate group work, give support and identify and target groups whom are at risk or have limited positive opportunities, particularly those at risk or involved in offending behaviour. The group aims to enable the young parents to recognise and realise their full potential to reduce isolation and for the group members to take positive steps to improve the lives of themselves and their children. The sessions are structured and tailored to suit the needs of the parents and children, topics covered include health, education and employment and various activities designed to help parents interact with their children and encourage development in speech and language and social and emotional skills. The toddlers and their parents have enjoyed activities including a visit to the local rm and Easter bonnets. Over the past year the detached workers have given young people accessing the provision the opportunity to participate in numerous ersionary activities to relieve the boredom of hanging about on the streets or being moved on by the police for being in large groups and being involved in antisocial behaviour and drinking alcohol. Film Night Blu Watch Youth Centre in partnership with Gentoo has Blue been successfully running a film night for over months. be G Giving the Young People from Ryhope, the opportunity to m meet and socialize with friends and watch a film, without h having the hassle, cost and inconvenience of travelling into th the City Centre. The girls group was formed as part of our detached project in Ryhope. There are between and girls who meet up on a Wednesday evenings at a drop in at the Venerable Bede school annexe. T The film nights average attendance is to young p people and gives them the opportunity to develop personal a and social skills make new friends and mix with their peers a and Youth Workers. The girls have been involved in lots of activities over the past few months trying something new and having fun. There have been various activities including Jewellery , Sewing, Girly nights, Dvd nights, Arts and crafts, Healthy cooking sessions, Fitness dvds and the Wii Fit board. The girls have taken part in various workshops including drugs and alcohol, ual health, bullying smoking, body change and relationships. Outings have included bowling, Climbing wall and Snow tubing. All the activities the girls have been involved in have contributed towards their Mayors Award. Two girls have already completed their stage and are well on the way g their stage g . to achieving The film night is held on th the nd and th Saturday of every month .pm .pm. Th il h l t d th i stage t Three more girls have now completed their and have started to work on stage . Samantha and Alicia from the group were nominated for the young achievers award for their volunteer work the girls did really well winning their category and receiving their award on the th March at the Stadium of Light. RAAD In August Anna Horn commenced her post as Substance Misuse Outreach Worker. The post was created by the group Ryhope Against Alcohol and Drugs RAAD and is funded by the Strategic Initiatives Budget. Since that time Anna has engaged with young people aged to in the Ryhope area providing education around the issues associated with substance misuse. Young people are able to access the support necessary to help them address their substance misuse problems and she encourages them to become involved in a more positive and healthier life. Anna has delivered alcohol awareness sessions within the local schools, increasing young peoples knowledge around the risks associated with taking substances and drinking alcohol. The Aims of the film night are to provide the opportunity for young people living in Ryhope to experience new and classic movies using all the latest digital equipment, kindly supplied through funding from Gentoo. Healthy Living Club The Healthy Living Club was set up to offer young people between the ages of and a positive alternative to socialising on the streets, drinking alcohol, misusing substances and smoking. The club has been running since January and is really popular with local youngsters. Young people cook healthy meals and snacks a and participate in healthy activities including bike rides, ice skating, a and outdoor g games. The workers T h have delivered w workshops around h healthy lifes ed educating young pe people around the ef effects of smoking, alc alcohol and the use of drugs.